According to Second Stage leadership, commercial rights holder Act 4 Entertainment has pulled the production out of the theater’s season. “We are disappointed that we will not be producing ‘American Psycho’ this season, but the rights holders, Act 4 Entertainment, have decided to not move forward with the production at Second Stage,” said artistic director Carole Rothman.
Executives at Act 4 could not be reached immediately for clarification on the decision or on what the next step for the project might be.
Based on the murderous title alone, “American Psycho” had been one of the more attention-grabbing productions lined up for the coming Off Broadway season. The musical, with songs by Duncan Sheik (“Spring Awakening”) and book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Glee,” “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”), received mixed reviews in its London premiere but scored headlines and business from the appearance of Matt Smith, fresh off his time on “Doctor Who,” in the lead role.
No casting had yet been set for American incarnation of “Psycho.”
The sudden exit of the musical leaves Second Stage with a hole in its season that the Off Broadway nonprofit will scramble to fill in the coming weeks. The company’s season kicks off in October with a revival of “Lips Together, Teeth Apart.”